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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta A collection of brief book reviews is What You Make by D. Shelby Corlett R. Welch 69 An inspirational yet prac- tical book for those who wish to make the best of their retirement years. Larded with biblical it is large- ly slanted toward the Chris- tian but contains many down to earth suggestions for leading a fulfilling and happy old age. There is nothing new by way of guidance to but at least all the best recommen- dations have been collected and put between the covers of one little book. Useful reading for bored or discouraged oldsters. MARY HEINITZ on by Richard A. Wolters 237 This is more than a how-to- book it's a complete guide to successful motor-home living. Here are all the facts you need to know to buy a motor camper or trailer and to live and travel in one safely and comfortably. The author is not connected with the motor home has no axe to and tells it as he sees it. He wants you to have the fun he and his family have had in their 13 years of living on wheels and he wants you to avoid the problems he has experienced. The book presents a wealth of vital information in a sparkling text with over 175 photographs and diagrams. The author explains all the complex systems of the self contained recreational vehicle and how to operate them correctly. is practical information on such vital subjects as and do-it- yourselt modifications for greater convenience. CHRIS STEWART for the by Harry Carmichael S6.95. 192 Quinri is not an awe-inspir- ing but his investigating practices as a crime columnist get this diminutive man with ap- parently little ambition into situations very repulsive to his taste. That does not mean that he doesn't have any taste. He loves regards it as a panacea for all worldly and not so tangible ones. No wonder he is used as a decoy in a masterly planned crime. Twice he is called to a twice people have been once his own life almost came to an abrupt end. An exciting novel with page to page tension. Its action is its hero delight- fully its conclusion the result of a brilliant plan gone sour. HANS SCHAUFL by Gladys Taber and Stewart 220 To read Gladys Taber's stories of her beloved Sullmeadow is like finding a cool stream on a hot day. This 17th-century Connecticut farmhouse with its placid pond and trees is the scene of family a refuge for skunks and stray and a feeding station for winter birds The author's delight in little things and her love of the land are reflected in her daily ac- tivities and in bits of homey philosophy throughout the book. An added touch are a few mouth-watering recipes. The quiet pleasures of country living will soothe the most harassed reader. Especially recommended for all city dwellers. ELSIE MORRIS 'The New A auide to its by junther Bornkamm 166 distributed by G. .R. Welch Without attempting a com- jrehensive review of the New festament book by the German scholar junther Bornkamm has nanaged to deal with the es- sence of the Christian witness n the main the synop- ic the Pauline letters ind the later writings. Those who have never tefore been introduced to iome of the questioning done scholars might find a book as this irritating until it lawns on them that the are posed by the vritings tornkamm is certainly not lestructive and he does not felve into arcane issues but vhcre there arc he does not hesitate to call attention to them. Although this book was not written for the serious student of the New there are points of interest for such. Written to help the ordinary the book deserves an extensive readership. There is also a companion volume on the Old written by Hans Walter which I have not seen. DOUG WALKER by Thomas F. Lalor and 106 The joy at his newborn the wonder of his the first the first the first word but then they begin to notice small indications that all is not right. The myriad of the the haunt and the hurt of knowing for the first time that the child has brain damage and nothing and no one can change it. Thomas Lalor through his and his wife's ex- perience with their son Thomas that loving under- standing and an extra- ordinary amount of patience is needed to raise a brain- damaged child but is it What happens after Thomas reaches 18 and leaves his What about the future for Thomas and the hundreds of other children like him are either brain- damaged or severely We need more questions and more answers. ANNE SZALAVARY edited by Terry 209 A collection of seven science fiction stories edited by Terry one of the ma- jor editors of modern science fiction and winner of five Nebula Awards. The stories in this book are all written in the modern idiom. Changed circum- stances present the characters with a perplexing series of problems over which they have little control. The editor claims that the present is the golden age of science fiction. If these stories foretell the then the present is a golden age for civilization and from here on it will be downhill all the way. MIKE PRATT Boy Who Invented The Bubble by Paul Gallico 255 distributed by Fitzhenry and In his new Paul Gallico has repeated the successful formula he used for The Poseidon Adventure and which Arthur Hailey used for Hotel and Airport. This time the action takes in on a transcontinental bus and pivots around a nine-year-old boy who is travelling to Washington to patent his invention. True to the for- several mini-tales intertwine and the reader en- counters a varied and rather unlikely group of characters. This book will probably be although it suffers in comparison to its highly successful The Poseidon Adventure. Paul Gallico is capable of better things. JOANNE BOWREY Can Have Better by David and Vera Mace R. Welch Co. 172 Does society's hope lie in open group serial or in other alternatives to the David and Vera Mace say And they set out to prove that within the traditional framework of marriage there is a lifestyle which can revitalize the relationship of both partners and the institution itself. The Maces call this panionship and it is characterized not by no- strings arrangements and limited commitments but by bringing partners closer together in a creative sharing of life with emphasis on true intimacy and continuing growth. Most couples have problems in making the transition from a superficial pattern of traditional marriage to com- panionship marriage. In most help can best come through marriage enrichment groups in which couples grow and learn helping and supporting one another. We Can Have Better Marriages offers a positive view of marriage and a sound plan for building better marriages. CHP.IS Perils of the Port of New by Jeanette 302 in one fine is the complete story of New York's maritime disasters. Jeanette Rattray begins with an account of the burning of the in 1614 and con- tinues her tale to the present day. She tells about ships that blew up or caught pirates last one was hanged in treasure and pilots takes 15 years to make a fully licensed branch It's impressive to read about courageous men and women who were involved in many of the it's also depressing to know that so many tragedies were the result of human greed and in- competence. Complete with lists of vessels in and il- this book is fascinating reading for landlubbers as well as those who love the sea. TERRY MORRIS Her by D. M.D. 160 The who was Mrs. Roosevelt's personal physician and travelling companion for 16 wrote this essay last year to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. Mrs. Roosevelt was chairman of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and it was chiefly due to her drive and effort for a period of over 2Vz years that the bill was finally passed. This book summarizes the work done by Mrs. Roosevelt and quotes the entire Declaration of Human Rights. The text is beautifully and profusely illustrated showing Eleanor at home with her with European and Asian heads of and with children of the world from Hong Hong to Harlem. Of added interest is to see how other world leaders looked a quarter of a century e.g. a surprisingly fresh and winsome Golda Meir. Students of modern history will enjoy this book. MARY HEINITZ THE VOICE OF ONE Dr. Frank S. Morley This precious freedom Hidden waterfall in the 'Pass Decoux Disappointing feminist autobiography by Kate Millet 546 Flying is an autobiography dealing with the year im- mediately following the publication of the author's first Sexual with occasional flashbacks dealing with her life up to that year. One persistent theme of Flying is the vagaries which instant fame imposed on Millet's life. One of these mis- fortunes which Millet mulls over repetitively was the forc- ed public disclosure of her a traumatic event which Time magazine duly an- nounced in its pages much as it announces the engagements and parties of other famous New York personalities. Millet does not seem aware of another unfortunate circum- stance arising from her with a best seller and a well known name behind she can get anything published the second time even fus- tian rubbish like Flying. The book's virtues hones- ty and an ability to convey negative feelings such as worry and guilt are fairly impressive. On the other the book is very poorly and it witlessly portrays despite her sincerity and her as being tactless and cruel to others and obtuse about herself. For a feminist she is remarkably eager to have other women under her thumb most devastatingly when she does not realize what she is really doing. In the book's single most repellent she forces a young lover to renounce what Millet sees as her seems to be little more than a desire for cosmic and which is the core of the young woman's personal and then she gloats over her triumph as remoreselessly as D. H. Lawrence's characters whom she criticiz- ed in Sexual Politics. Her style aspires to the roar and bluster of purple but most of the time it reaches only a pallid lavender. Because of her the sex scenes usually manage un- intentionally to be horrendous and hilarious at the same time. The writing is in the present a grotesque error in since it allows neither perspective nor reflec- two of the most valuable properties of autobiography. it gives the im- pression that Kate Millet was always busy scribbling away with one hand no matter what she was up to with the an impression which is borne out by the frequent accounts of incidents where the author shows herself taking down copious notes for the book. Problems when Millet only too graphically has her hands both busy elsewhere. like some she has learn- ed to write with her toes for such which could explain the unseemly preponderance of choppy short or incomplete sentences littering her pages the toes may need more frequent breaks than the fingers. JOHN BELL Laurence masterpiece by Margaret Laurence 382 A person who reads fiction primarily for pleasure probably ought not to attempt to review a book by an author of Margaret Laurence's stature. Other newspapers and magazines have already carried diagnostic reviews of The Diviners to which serious scholars of literature might better direct their attention. It be said that this latest Laurence master- piece provides meat both for the more casual reader and tor the one who thrives on probing the depths of anecdote and symbol. Six previous novels established Margaret Laurence's reputation as a The Diviners confirms it. Despite the author's denial that this story is autobiographical one is tempted to consider Morag the main as being Margaret Laurence herself. Perhaps Morag does say more about her creator than even Laurence can recognize or admit. Morag came from a little town in Mnnitoba as Margaret Laurence did. Orphaned as a small Morag was taken to Manawaka to live with the town garbage collector and his fat wife. The child grew up feeling that she was loathed and laughed at by the people of the community. Very early it became her am- bition to get away from Manawaka and all it symboliz- ed of bigotry and intolerance. She did manage to escape for a while to to a to but in the end she found that no matter where she went. Manawaka was the of her it was inescapable. Margaret Laurence spent three years writing The Diviners and claims that it will be her last novel. Perhaps she as her readers that here she has achieved the ultimate in story-telling. It would be difficult to accept anything less. It is to imagine anything inferior coming from the mind of Margaret Laurence. It is to be hoped that soon another story will be germinating there. What with government union crippling the language barriers of Quebec and the control of the organs of speech in a few Canadian freedom has been badly eroded. Indeed the pressure of popular or mass opinion can be as diabolical as any tyranny at times. Then with the exile and anguish of men like Zhores a world famous geneticist and and Alexander and with the recent suppression of broadcasts during the Nixon visit displeasing to the Communist suddenly the freedom Canadians possess becomes very not to be taken for granted but treasured and preserved. Freedom is impossible in the Communist world because freedom is only possible through faith in God. Barbara Ward points this up in Faith and Freedom. Faith lifts man above his declares him to be the crown of makes him supreme over animals and with a different nature and destiny from the while communism reduces him to a merely political strips him of his and leaves him prey to tyranny and the state. Why is it rarely if ever mentioned that Mr. Solzhenitsyn is a member of the Orthodox and that this is the inspira- tion for his resistance to Because this country does not recognize and acknowledge its roots. It is astonishing that the Christian Science in an excellent article on freedom of speech in the U.S.S.R. makes no mention of God or faith. Unless this necessity be modern democracy and freedom are doomed. When religious faith vanishes life is reduc- ed to only one plane of the and thus the totalitarian state revives the monolithic condition of primitive society demanding the total servitude of man. The tribal gods are back and all man's energies are poured out to them sacrificially and culture. Puritanism is derided since no man is a hero to his but the most superficial study of British history must reveal how profoundly indebted British freedom is to the Puritans. Hamilton Basso in Mainstream things were carried across the waters in the but not the idea of democracy. is nonsense. Puritans were carried across and they retained their close association with the homeland. Richard Saltonstall would write from England to John doth not a little grieve my spirit what sad things are reported daily of your tyranny and persecution in New England. These rigid ways have laid you very low in the hearts of the saints. I do assure you I have heard them pray in the public assemblies that the Lord would give you meek and humble not to strive so much for uniformity as to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of That John was rooted in British Puritanism is seen in his blunt declaration that no ruler should more liberty and authority than will do them good and the peo- ple hence power that is on earth should be common weale can be founded but by free John Winthrop regarding his Commonwealth of Massachusetts. foundation of the people's power is their Charles Borgeaud in the Rise of Modern Democracy maintains that Roger Williams in leading the Connecticut General Assembly to adopt the Fundamental Orders with the principle that foundation of authority is in the free consent of the and therefore the choice of magistrates belongs unto the by God's was first written constitution of modern What is The Greeks had no word for it. It was only known in the Old English from a root hence from comes Another derivation has it free to choose your or free meaning in the not a slave.'' To John Macmurray it means self- not doing or being somebody because someone in authority expects or demands someone else takes the respon- sibility for you. This destroys reality. Morali- ty to Macmurray means friendship. So the circle freedom means friendship so no morality is possible without freedom. But faith is the matris of both freedom and reality. The decay of morality follows the decay of faith inevitably. Lord author of the famous Beveridge Plan for social welfare in said that programs and plans are worthless unless they are inspired by the kind of religious dynamism like the revival of the 18th and 19th centuries. But one cannot spit on his hands and I shall have faith No more can he will be a free man All that lovely family of words self- and character are plants of slow growth and require careful nurture. SATURDAY TALK Norman Smith Excitement in the Yukon Flying off from we swung west over Mackenzie Delta. I was still musing on Aklavik's independent character and the great trapper philosopher Knut Lang who had introduced me to his wonderful people there back in when just below the starboard wing was the snow covered top of the spine of the Rocky Mountains. My first time to the and for more than an hour it was all beautiful and forbidding. a city of that became the Yukon capital in 1953 after Dawson City had run out of gold and shares a love- ly wide valley between mountains with the Yukon River. It is the hub of a three spoke the river and road north to Dawson the Alaska Highway ribboning north and west to America and the White Pass and Yukon narrow gauge railroad dare devilling up mountain and down gorge to on the Pacific. it it Next morning I took the trail to Dawson by the dumped my kit in the Eldorado Hotel and went ott up Hunker Creek with John Gould of National Parks who was born on a farm his father created in them thar gold hills just after the rush. The piles of panned over gravel Pierre Berton's mother said were like gravestones strew the scarred and collapsed sheds are all that re- main of townsites once torrid with gold and li- success and failure. not searching goes on. Now great waterhoses under high pressure smash down the gravel hillsides into long sieve-like wooden troughs the heavy gold sediment remaining after all else is washed away. Tis much like the prospector shifting his shallow pan of gravel by the but the rich deposits seem now to have been lifted and only the large hillside wholesale project can produce enough to make it pay. That afternoon we were back down to Dawson whose permanent population is now about 750 wheras at the peak of the rush it had gone to and been the Yukon's first capital. From the few feet of porch of the old cabin of Robert Service we heard his poetry recited by a man who that evening played in the melodrama on at the Palace Grand Theatre whose third floor still holds.boxes from which a man who had struck it rich in 1900 could not only see the show with his girl but could pull the curtains so the show couldn't see them. Next morning John Gould took me 12 miles or so up Bonanza Creek where George Car- mack and his Indian friends Skookum Jim and Tagish Charlie found the first really rich pay filling a shotgun shell case out of just two pans of gravel. Two historic sites of special fame burneo down a week before I the Yukon River Casca and Whitehorse. They had stood in fenced in preservation on shore for many years. Hikers and hippies and un- employed had been sleeping in despite the barbed wire and for many and some were sleeping there the night of the fire. But the Crown could prove nothing and laid no charges. The city went into mourning for two fine old ladies. Next morning Ted Harrison drove me 35 miles into the mountains to his beloved village of Carcross. He had been fire chief and school teacher. To meet his people there in their stores and native and was and to go on up to Crag Lake to his cabin and eat baked two men alone in the was a I feel his name will remain as one of the Yukon's discoverers. That if you are still with to the Frantic Follies. Not whew but wheel This is its sixth year and it is quick and musical enough to go on another six and I hope bring zingo the the National Arts Centre. The Kondike and its men and the heart of the spoof of Ogden and plain clean nonsense. I walked home along the river side singing like a drunk without hav- ing drink it Now Sunday morning and away on that narrow gauge railroad up and over the moun- tains and down to Skagway on the Pacific. These mountains haven't the height of the Alps or but this railroad is the most scenic I've clung the drops and climbs and long views so exciting I hadn't time to be sick. For good measure you are looking out much of the time on the hard route the goldseekers took with their packs from Skagway. The train holds to 10 and 20 miles an hour much of the time for sanity's but the mind races up and down the passes thinking of the hope that drove the men up and the despair that bent the men who came down the same way but without their gold. The town of Skagway is American in its friendliness. The woman magistrate who on hearing I might not get a room showed me the cell and shower I could have without and the citv manager took me on the and sat yarning with me by the landing field until freelance pilot Bob Ingle returned from a run to Juneau. route do you want to asked Ingle as he and I composed the crew and passenger list without even a beer coaster for boarding card. I was going back to Whitehorse and selected the Chilkoot Pass for it is the one with all the snow on which the pictures show the Klondikers climbing in line like ants. Chilkoot it and we traced it through gorge and saw the dead shanties and the international line where stood the customs house on that long finished trail. Incredible by plane we reached the height in about five and wheeled around to take a quick look at the White Pass before go- ing on over Ted Harrison's Carcross and along what may be by 1976 the highway from Whitehorse to Skagway. Back in Whitehorse in 40 the Cana- dian customs man asked if I had anything to declare. I wanted to I declare I have just had in two successive days about the dog gonned excitingest travel I've ever and in the five days before that about the most interesting sight seeing I've ever ;